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Tammy Baldwin Beats Around The Bush When Asked About Obama’s “Evolution” On Same Sex Marriage

In a recent interview with Andrew Goldman in The New York Times Magazine, openly lesbian Senate hopeful  Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), was asked about President Obama’s slow evolution on marriage equality.

Look, he is moving in the right direction on this issue. He’s been crucial in equality efforts like the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and signing the Matthew Shepard hate crimes prevention act. I have no idea what goes on in another person’s mind. As a legislator, I need to be good at persuading people, counting votes and getting to 50 percent plus one. I don’t go back and say, “Why did this person get to the right position?” It’s only “Are you ‘yes’ or are you ‘no’?”

Its been over 500 days since Obama first stated he was “evolving” on same sex marriage.

Instead of being so non-committal on her answer perhaps Tammy should ask Obama: “Are you ‘yes’ or are you ‘no’?”

But I wouldn’t expect an answer until after the November 2012 elections.  Mark my word.

If Obama is elected in 2012 after that he has no worries about losing the 2016 election because he will not be able to run and then most probably we will see him involved on the more important LGBT issues. (ENDA, DOMA, et al.)  Because that was the plan all along. And never fool yourself that the Human Rights Campaign  did not know this strategy and wasn’t involved and kept it from the community.

But remember kids thats ONLY if he wins and changes will ONLY be made if a more progressive Democrats sweep both Houses.  And as disillusioned as some of us are with Obama’s stalling on truly important issues, right now he’s the only game in town.


Will Kohler

Will Kohler is one of America's best known LGBT historians, He is also a a accredited journalist and the owner of A longtime gay activist Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced on such notable media venues as BBC News, CNN, MSNBC, The Washington Post, The Daily Wall Street Journal, Hollywood Reporter, and Raw Story. Back2Stonewall has been recently added to the Library of Congress' LGBTQ+ Studies Web Archive. Mr. Kohler is available for comment, interviews and lectures on LGBT History. Contact:

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